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Optimization of piezoelectric material distribution in smart structures
Author(s): Ulrich Gabbert; Christian-Toralf Weber
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Paper Abstract

The paper first presents a general purpose finite element based simulation tool for piezoelectric controlled smart structures. In addition to the standard finite elements, this tool contains a number of coupled electromechanical finite elements as well as numerical tools to simulate controlled structures in statics and dynamics. The effectiveness of a smart structure decisively depends on the amount and distribution of active materials across the passive structure and on the controller design. To solve this design problem automatically, a discrete optimization technique and ideas from topology optimization are presented. The control parameters are considered as continuous design variables. Mathematical solution algorithms for non-linear, mixed continuous and discrete-valued optimization techniques are used to solve the optimization problem. As a test example the distribution of piezoelectric wafers over a beam structure is presented. Finally, this paper gives an outlook for new developments in this field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3667, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, (4 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350073
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Ulrich Gabbert, Otto von Guericke Univ. Magdeburg (Germany)
Christian-Toralf Weber, Otto von Guericke Univ. Magdeburg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3667:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures
Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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